1834

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1834
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, Europe, Latin America, Mediterranean
Countries Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Sardinia, Sicily, Switzerland
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service, United Nations
People Edward Bridges, Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler

Description

A file of signals intelligence reports, messages, and correspondence issued by the Government Code and Cypher School and sent by the head ('C') of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) to the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. This file includes the following reports on South Europe: of German Air Force (GAF) orders for July 15, including reconnaissance to establish the front line, and that paratroops are to fight their way out; of a message from Goering to the Hermann Goering Division, victory or death, on July 11; that the 29th Panzer Division was transferred to Sicily, on July 12; the Germans near Caltanisetta report increased enemy artillery activity, on July 14; that Trapani airfield is serviceable for Ju52s, on July 15; and that the Hermann Goering and 15th Panzer divisions are to reconnoitre a new defensive line, on July 14; Naval Headlines, covering that the battleship Luetzow may break out into the Atlantic to operate with U-boats; from the Chinese charg� in Berne, on the German and Italian loss of morale, on July 7; and from the German ambassador to the Vatican, describing a conversation with the Pope on German-Vatican relations, on July 5.

Keywords

German strategy, German airborne troops, encirclement, invasion of Sicily, German air force, aerial reconnaissance, British army, troop movements, tanks, captured documents, Nazi leadership, military dispositions, German army, Allied powers, artillery, airfields, patrols, defence, military organisation, naval intelligence, German navy, warships, operations planning, Italian navy, shipping losses, diplomatic intelligence, Axis strategy, Operation Husky

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